Chip Yates Electric Motorcycle

http://green.autoblog.com/2010/10/24/chip-yates-reveals-kers-secret-of-swigz-superbike-w-video/

A pretty cool article describing some of the up-till-now secret sauce on the electric motorcycle project I’ve been working on with Chip Yates for the last few months. The article describes the front-wheel Kinetic Energy Recovery System that Chip designed in great detail. It has some cool pictures of the bike, and an awesome video that someone (ahem, yours truly) put together for the bike unveiling a few weeks ago.

“Death of a Battery: the Saga” or “I’m an Engineer with Too Much Time on My Hands”

Oh noes! Out of juice!
Oh noes! Out of juice!

I’ve been going on an Ebay selling binge for the last week or so, which has meant some heavy use of my little DigiWeigh postal scale. All this weighing resulted in the battery that I got with the scale two-odd years ago finally eating it.

Now at this point, I faced what would be for most people a pretty simple decision… do I run to Kroger and buy a new 9V battery, or attempt to Macguyver one out of random stuff I had sitting around my desk? Continue reading ““Death of a Battery: the Saga” or “I’m an Engineer with Too Much Time on My Hands””